As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Stalevo. Most people tolerate it relatively well at first, especially if the dose is increased slowly. If side effects do occur, in many cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. As time goes by, it is common for more bothersome and serious side effects of Stalevo to occur.
Common side effects include, but are not limited to:
- Involuntary movements (dyskinesia)
- Urine discoloration
(Click Stalevo Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Stalevo can potentially interact with a number of other medicines (see Stalevo Drug Interactions).
Talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
- A bile duct obstruction or gallbladder disease
- Glaucoma (an eye condition)
- Heart problems of any kind
- Malignant melanoma (a type of skin cancer) or any undiagnosed skin lesion
- Any mental illness, including depression
- Lung problems, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- A history of stomach or intestinal ulcers
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Stalevo and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Stalevo and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Stalevo Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)